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PlantFiles Pictures: St Peter's Wort, Four Petal St. John's Wort (Hypericum tetrapetalum)

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ButterflyGardnr
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2003
1:38 PM

Post #593828

St Peter's Wort, Four Petal St. John's Wort
Hypericum tetrapetalum

I rescued this little plant from Orlando International Airport (with the required state permits, escorts, etc) It is quite at home tucked into the edge of my pond. It bloomed very nicely this year.

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/54216/

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xyris
Sebring, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2004
12:27 PM

Post #941180

I think this picture is of Hypericum myrtifolium, which differs from H. tetrapetalum in having five petals instead of four. It also prefers wetter habitats (wet flatwoods, wet prairies, edges of depression marshes) than does H. tetrapetalum (scrubby to mesic flatwoods) and is more likely to do well in your pond edges. The two are the only species of Hypericum in Florida with leaves that are broadest and the base and clasping the stem.

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